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We have compiled a collection of 12 articles in a special issue in Advanced Biosystems published this June. 42 authors from 8 different Max Planck and associated Universities from the Max Planck Synthetic Biology Network have contributed to this issue.

Special Issue in Advanced Bio Systems

We have compiled a collection of 12 articles in a special issue in Advanced Biosystems published this June. 42 authors from 8 different Max Planck and associated Universities from the Max Planck Synthetic Biology Network have contributed to this issue. [more]

Featured video: Microfluidics for bottom-up assembly of synthetic cells

This video illustrates how we envision the sequential bottom-up assembly of synthetic cells using on-chip microfluidic functions.

Creating a synthetic cell

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Science journalist Kendall Powell reports on various synthetic biology worldwide including known protagonists such as Petra Schwille, Joachim Spatz and Tobias Erb from MaxSynBio as well as Cees Dekker and Marileen Dogterom from BaSyC representing the European activities and Kate Adamala and John Glass for the SynBio community in North America. © Frontispiece by Nature Springer.

Biology from scratch: Nature News Feature on synthetic biology

Science journalist Kendall Powell reports on various synthetic biology worldwide including known protagonists such as Petra Schwille, Joachim Spatz and Tobias Erb from MaxSynBio as well as Cees Dekker and Marileen Dogterom from BaSyC representing the European activities and Kate Adamala and John Glass for the SynBio community in North America. © Frontispiece by Nature Springer. [more]
At the Max Planck Bristol Center in Minimal Biology, scientists from the three MPIs for Medical Research, Biochemistry, and Polymer Research, together with their colleagues from the University of Bristol, will conduct research in the new interdisciplinary field of minimal biology, incorporating insights from chemistry, biology and microtechnology. The researchers want to gain a better understanding of three key topics: synthetic cellularity or protobiology, which aim to understand the transition from inanimate to animate matter; the production of synthetic cytoskeletons from non-biological molecules; and synthetic biology on the nanoscale. The latter aims to minimise a viral genome in order to introduce tailor-made functionalities into cells. With this research collaboration, the scientists from the University of Bristol and the Max Planck Society are securing themselves a good position in international competition in the rapidly growing field of Synthetic Biology.

New Max Planck-Bristol Centre for Minimal Biology announced

At the Max Planck Bristol Center in Minimal Biology, scientists from the three MPIs for Medical Research, Biochemistry, and Polymer Research, together with their colleagues from the University of Bristol, will conduct research in the new interdisciplinary field of minimal biology, incorporating insights from chemistry, biology and microtechnology. The researchers want to gain a better understanding of three key topics: synthetic cellularity or protobiology, which aim to understand the transition from inanimate to animate matter; the production of synthetic cytoskeletons from non-biological molecules; and synthetic biology on the nanoscale. The latter aims to minimise a viral genome in order to introduce tailor-made functionalities into cells. With this research collaboration, the scientists from the University of Bristol and the Max Planck Society are securing themselves a good position in international competition in the rapidly growing field of Synthetic Biology. [more]
The Max Planck Society and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research dedicate the new research project MaxSynBio to Synthetic Biology. Research groups from nine Max Planck Institutes across Germany, as well as the Department of Theology of the Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, are involved.  The project started on 1st of August 2014 and will run initially until the end of July 2020. The chief coordinators of the project are Prof. Dr.-Ing. Kai Sundmacher (MPI for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems, Magdeburg) and Prof. Dr. Petra Schwille (MPI for Biochemistry, Martinsried).

MaxSynBio

The Max Planck Society and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research dedicate the new research project MaxSynBio to Synthetic Biology. Research groups from nine Max Planck Institutes across Germany, as well as the Department of Theology of the Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, are involved.  The project started on 1st of August 2014 and will run initially until the end of July 2020. The chief coordinators of the project are Prof. Dr.-Ing. Kai Sundmacher (MPI for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems, Magdeburg) and Prof. Dr. Petra Schwille (MPI for Biochemistry, Martinsried).
 
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